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Warmongers Delight: Abe Hits Super-Majority With Sweeping Victory In Japan Election
07-10-2016, 10:28 PM,
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Warmongers Delight: Abe Hits Super-Majority With Sweeping Victory In Japan Election
Warmongers Delight: Abe Hits Super-Majority With Sweeping Victory In Japan Election

<p><a href="https://mishtalk.com/2016/07/10/abe-hits-super-majority-with-sweeping-victory-in-japan-election/"><em>Submitted by Michael Shedlock via MishTalk.com,</em></a></p>
<p><strong>The warmongers and gun manufacturers are cheering today</strong> as <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d7982268-4668-11e6-8d68-72e9211e86ab.html#axzz4E2HXBsOB" target="_blank">Shinzo Abe Wins Sweeping Victory in Japan Elections</a>.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Shinzo Abe has won a sweeping victory in elections to Japan&rsquo;s upper house, leaving him within reach of a parliamentary supermajority that <strong>would allow the government to revise Japan&rsquo;s pacifist constitution.</strong></p>
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<p>With seven proportional representation seats left to declare on Sunday night, Mr Abe&rsquo;s ruling Liberal Democratic party and its allies had won 72 out of the 78 seats they need for a two-thirds majority.</p>
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<p>Toru Takigishi, a 76-year-old chemistry professor in Tokyo and a long-time LDP supporter, said he voted for the Communist party for the first time.<em><strong> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with the current constitution and I want peace to be maintained. At least there is a checking mechanism for constitutional change under the Communist party,&rdquo;</strong></em> Mr Takigishi said.</p>
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<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Japan Election Boosts Shinzo Abe&rsquo;s Bid to Revise Constitution</strong></span></p>
<p>The Wall Street Journal reports <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/japanese-voters-to-render-a-verdict-on-abenomics-national-security-policy-1468111220" target="_blank">Japan Election Boosts Shinzo Abe&rsquo;s Bid to Revise Constitution</a></p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>With most results in, Mr. Abe&rsquo;s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, were on track to win nearly 70 of 121 seats that were up for grabs in the 242-seat upper house. A handful of seats remained undecided early Monday.</p>
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<p>The coalition parties plus smaller opposition parties and unaffiliated lawmakers who favor constitutional revision were likely to control two-thirds of Parliament&rsquo;s upper house after the election, projections by Japanese media showed. Revision requires two-thirds of both houses of Parliament, after which the changes must be approved by a majority of voters in a national referendum. The coalition already controls two-thirds of the lower house, which wasn&rsquo;t up for election, meaning Mr. Abe has the votes to start the revision process.</p>
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<p>Any move to change the constitution is likely to spark a divisive battle. Last year, Mr. Abe&rsquo;s government enacted a <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-parliament-approves-abe-security-bills-1442596867" target="_blank">bill allowing Japanese troops to fight overseas</a> along with the country&rsquo;s allies, following a controversial reinterpretation of one article of the constitution.</p>
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<p>The move prompted <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/students-lead-protests-against-expanding-japans-military-role-1442345400" target="_blank">months of protests</a>, some attracting tens of thousands of people. Though the security bill was passed by both houses of Parliament, experts testified that it was unconstitutional.</p>
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<p>With the election over, Mr. Abe will likely focus on passing the stimulus package, a task that has gained urgency since the U.K.&rsquo;s decision last month to leave the European Union cast further uncertainty over the global economy.</p>
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<p>Mr. Abe hasn&rsquo;t disclosed any details, but the stimulus program is expected to be a multiyear effort to upgrade the nation&rsquo;s transport infrastructure, expand child care and nursing-care services and create scholarships for students.</p>
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<p>Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan is widely expected to expand its efforts to stoke growth and inflation when its policy board meets July 28-29. Its most likely options are increasing the size of its unprecedented asset-purchase program and pushing a key interest rate on bank reserves further into negative territory.</p>
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<p><strong>For further discussion of warmongering possibilities,</strong> please see <a href="https://mishtalk.com/2016/07/08/abe-angling-for-war/" target="_blank">Japan&rsquo;s Abe Angling for War with China? Could the US be Drawn In?</a></p>


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